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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Strychnine Fire Evening Update - Sept. 3


(Deary) –The Strychnine Fire is five miles northeast of Harvard and estimated at 800 acres. It is burning on steep slopes in heavy timber and logging slash primarily in industrial and national forest ownership.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is being assisted by US Forest Service Palouse Range District, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and volunteer fire crews from Moscow, Potlatch, Troy, and Deary. 
Air support successfully dropped both water and retardant on the fire today, slowing the progression of the fire and allowing fire crews access.

Laird Park campground remains closed, and fire officials ask motorists on highway 6 to be aware of fire agency traffic on the roadways and proceed with caution. Due to the holiday weekend, recreational use in the Palouse River drainage was significant. Visitors to the area will experience delays traveling on the Palouse River Road and associated tributary roads and trails.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.